Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, has announced a $4.2 million expansion plan to install more high-speed electric vehicle (EV) charging stations along the New York State Thruway, a system of limited-access highways throughout the state.
According to the governor, the plan will allow EV owners to drive the length of the state without having to exit to recharge. Furthermore, the fast-charging station expansion aims to enable more New Yorkers to take an active role in Cuomo’s goal to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions 40% by 2030.
As part of the governor’s Charge NY 2.0 EV initiative, the New York State Thruway Authority is partnering with the New York Power Authority to install the new fast-charging stations at Thruway service areas and Thruway-owned commuter parking lots over the next two years. The initiative will help the state achieve its goal of installing 10,000 charging stations by 2021 and further the governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision to build a cleaner and greener New York.
Since Charge NY was launched in 2013, the number of public charging stations has grown to more than 2,000 statewide. Now, this new expansion plan puts New York within reach of the governor’s 2018 goal of 3,000 charging stations across the state. The additional charging stations and associated signage are also expected to build awareness about the benefits of EVs, according to the governor.